We’re getting ready for the Support Driven Leadership Summit 2020- Portland conference and we would love to have your help at the event! Volunteers will have the chance to contribute to and participate at the Leadership Summit: meet attendees and speakers, provide support for the conference, attend sessions, and help ensure attendees have an awesome experience. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and who love to help. If this sounds like you, keep reading!

As a volunteer at SD Leadership Summit, you will:

  • Be an essential part of the event.
  • Learn the inner organizational workings of a support conference.
  • Spend quality time with Summit organizers.
  • Have the opportunity to meet speakers and members from the Support Driven community.
  • Be on the ground, interacting with Leadership Summit attendees.
  • Have an opportunity to attend the conference part of the time and volunteer part of the time.

If you’d like to hear how volunteering has impacted community members (including me!), be sure to read our Volunteer Stories blog post.

I’m in! What does Leadership Summit need help with?

Leadership Summit needs several volunteers to help at the event itself at Revolution Hall in Portland, OR, April 1-2. Here are brief summaries about what we need help with (we are happy to share more detailed role descriptions if you have questions):

Registration — Check in attendees at the Support Driven table and provide next steps. Perfect for someone who likes meeting and greeting people and checking names off of lists.

Support Driven Table/Reference — Staff the SD table during non-registration times: the Support Driven table is where attendees tend to go to ask questions about the event, and we’ll want to keep that table staffed during sessions.

Runners — There are always things that need to be gotten :-) Runners are happy to handle unexpected errands on site.

Photographers –– Use your phone or digital camera to snap photos throughout the event. We’re not looking for professional-grade photographs. We are looking to capture moments where people are learning, talking, cooperating, laughing, participating in workshops, and getting value out of the conference.

Wherever there’s a need — Helping out with random unspecified things here and there, etc.

Will Support Driven pay for my expenses?

Volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to Leadership Summit. We are unable to cover travel and lodging expenses for volunteers, which means that if you want to get involved, you will need to cover the costs of getting to and staying in Portland, Oregon.

What Should I Expect?

For day-of volunteers, plan on committing a total of 6 hours of volunteering at the event. This includes a five-hour shift plus arriving on site at 7:30 am April 1 to go through the running of the conference and help set up the venue. The more volunteers we have, the more of the conference each volunteer gets to experience!

Once you fill out the volunteer application below, you’ll receive an email from us with more details about the role(s) you expressed interest in. You will be added to the volunteer team, and depending on your preferences, you’ll be assigned a role and time slot. About 3 weeks prior to the conference, the Volunteer Coordinator will send out a survey to select a time for an online volunteer meeting. The video call will take place about a week before SD Leadership Summit and will go through the running of the conference, the volunteer assignments, and to answer questions.

On the days of the event, you’ll be carrying out your assigned tasks, working as part of a team. Volunteering at Leadership Summit presents a unique opportunity to work alongside amazing people from the Support Driven community!

Sign ME up!! I’m looking forward to helping out! Where do I apply?


Apply to Volunteer at SD Leadership Summit

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